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President's Message
Programs and Events
    Free event - May 18, 2022 "Code Red Opportunity: The Why and How of Climate and Coaching" 
    ICF Toronto Business Networking event - May 25, 2022
    ICF Toronto PD event - mark June 8 on your calendar!
    ICF Toronto Chapter meeting - June 22, 2022 'How to get the news media to feature YOU!'
    Team Coaching Series - watch for details!
Feature Article
    Team Coaching: Is It a Fit for Me? by Michelle Chambers
News and Announcements
     Corporate Outreach
     Community Outreach
     Membership Engagement
Coaching Community Notices

President's Message

I am so excited to share that ICF Toronto has, once again, won the ICF Global 2021 Chapter Recognition Award. ICF Toronto was recognized for Innovation, specifically:
  • our successful conference in 2021 with strong sponsorship, led by Robin Mahadeva and her committee, as well as many Board members; 
  • our ICW program, led by Gaby Cameto and her committee, with 14 non-profits and 150 people participating;
  • our innovative membership campaign led by Jenny Barkan and her committee.
THANK YOU to our Board and our many volunteers - your passion and energy makes all this possible! Check out our acceptance award video - it truly captures the spirit of this amazing Chapter!
A big hello and welcome to our new members of ICF Toronto! One of our goals as a Board this year is to deepen our sense of connection and belonging, so we are excited to introduce this new segment in our newsletter to help us get to know our newest members. Thank you to Jenny Barkan and her Membership Engagement Committee; Donna Needs, Lori Kiser, Kinda Adra and Kris Amaral, for making this part of our “welcome kit”.

Happy International Coaching Week, May 16-20. Our theme this year is “Reimagine the Future”. During this annual celebration, ICF Toronto joins chapters from around the world to educate the public about the value of working with a professional coach. Thank you to Gaby Cameto and her committee for organizing this event, and to all the coaches who signed up to provide pro bono coaching to non-profits in our community. Please “like,” “love,” “comment,” and “share” to help engagement for our events at Share how you are celebrating the power and impact of coaching this week.

Also, please join our free webinar, in partnership with the ICF Global Foundation, "Code Red Opportunity: The Why and How of Climate and Coaching" on May 18. Coaching can change the world. This is an important place for us to participate and help make a difference!

Do you love Social Media? We are looking for a volunteer who has expertise in design and technical skills for posting to our multiple ICF social media channels to join our Marketing Committee. If you are interested in volunteering, please submit your volunteer form through the ICF website

As always, if you have questions or concerns or just want to say 'hi', you can reach me at

With gratitude,
Picture of Alicia Saint, President of ICF Toronto Chapter


Alicia Saint
President, ICF Toronto Chapter

Programs and Events

Free special ICF Foundation presentation May 18, 2022 

Code Red Opportunity: The Why and How of Climate and Coaching

with Josie McLean and Begum Verjee 

Join this panel in an interactive discussion on what Sir John Whitmore once shared about the purpose for coaching at this time in human history. To help shift human consciousness to address the seemingly daunting challenge that is the climate and ecological crisis that even the International Panel on Climate Change now describes as a code red situation. Read more...

Josie McLean pictureAbout Josie McLean

After an early career as a financial analyst and corporate strategic planner, Josie became interested in the intersection between strategy, people and change. She commenced her coaching business in 1999 and became a force in pioneering the professional coaching industry in Australasia and was awarded the ICF President’s Award in 2009 in recognition of her contributions. Read more...

Begum Verjee pictureAbout Begum Verjee 

Begum Verjee has a doctorate in Educational Leadership, and a master’s in Counselling Psychology. Begum is also an Associate Certified Coach (ACC) and a member of the ICF Toronto Chapter. She started her coach certification training with the Faculty of Coaching at the Adler Graduate Professional School Inc. (ADLER) in 2016. Read more...

Continuing Coach Education (CCE) units for this event: 1.5 - Resource Development

Date: May 18, 2022
Time: 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm EST, via Zoom
Cost: FREE


More Details and Register
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ICF Toronto Business Networking event May 25, 2022 

hosted by Shahab Anari
In our last member survey, you asked for more NETWORKING events. That’s why we’d like to invite you to attend the special ICF Toronto business networking event on May 25 where you can get to know your fellow ICF Toronto members better, exchange business insights, and explore collaboration opportunities.

This event is open only to ICF Toronto members. It is a great opportunity for professional networking and personal connection, so you don’t want to miss it!

We hope to see you there.

Date: May 25, 2022
Time: 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm EST, via Zoom
Cost: FREE 

More Details and Register

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ICF Toronto Chapter PD event June 8, 2022 

Coaching Supervision

with Cecile Andreas
Mark your calendar and watch for further details and registration

ICF Toronto Chapter meeting June 22, 2022 

How to get the news media to feature YOU!

with Keka DasGupta
Have you ever wondered why and how some of your fellow professional coaches in the industry are consistently featured in the media? Have you ever asked yourself, “Why can’t that be me?” or “How do they do it?”

Well, it CAN be you! And in this session, veteran PR expert, Art of Life-ing founder, and professional speaker, Keka DasGupta will show you HOW. 

picture of Keka DasGupta About Keka DasGupta

Keka has helped put people and brands into the media spotlight for 24 years. As a PR/marketing veteran, Keka's client roster has included a host of internationally recognized brands such as: Disney, Nike, IKEA, American Express, Johnson & Johnson, Schwarzkopf, etc. Read more...

Continuing Coach Education (CCE) units for this event: 1.5 - Resource Development

Date: June 22, 2022
Time: 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm EST, via Zoom
- Members and Guests Activity Fee paid - attend free
- Members and Guests "Pay-as-you-go" - $35

More Details and Register
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Team Coaching Series
Mark your calendar and watch for more details and registration

Oct 12, 2022:
Predictions for the future of Team Coaching

with Karl Van Hoey and Jonathan Reitz

Nov 9, 2022: 
Team Coaching Panel of Experts

with Michelle Chambers, Dr. Catherine Carr, Dominic Scaffidi
Team Coaching: Is It a Fit for Me?

By Michelle Chambers, CTPC, CTDP, CHRL, CSODP
Global Team Coach, TCI Faculty and ICF PRISM Awardee

"Coaches of the future will need to develop skills in supporting leaders and teams to perform better and increase leadership capacity. In many organizations there has been a shift from 1:1 coaching towards coaching that supports development of a coaching culture within teams and across the organization. Teams are increasingly facing more complex challenges; members are working on multiple teams, stakeholder needs are more demanding, and teams are being asked to be more agile and work collectively to address needs across the system.

Team coaching is similar to 1:1 coaching in that the client’s needs drive the process; assessment instruments may be used to collect data, generative dialogue and thought-provoking questions are critical to help the client resolve issues, and action plans are crucial to track progress. Team coaching however, is much more complex in that whole team is the “client” and they work to help them improve their collective performance and to develop their collective leadership to more effectively engage with all of their key stakeholder groups to jointly transform the wider business. It also involves contracting at multiple levels – the sponsor, the leader, the team and individuals on the team. Also, team coaches tend to work in pairs to support one another and their client and to manage both process and content simultaneously. The procurement process is less well understood in organizations and coaching engagements tend to vary in length. Ethical considerations are more complex, and it can be more challenging to get “buy-in” due to time requirements and a higher level of investment.

Team coaches choose additional training and team coaching supervisor to help address the complexity of process. They also love working systemically and creating meaningful change and impact across individuals, teams and organizations. Although team coaching can be challenging, it is also rewarding to enable teams to create sustainable changes in performance in pursuit of business goals!"

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News and Announcements

Corporate Outreach

Volunteer Opportunity with ICF Global

ICF Global is looking for five volunteers who have a passion for coaching and are between the ages of 25 to 35, to serve on the ICF PC Emerging Professionals Advisory Panel. The Emerging Professional Advisory Panel is an ad hoc group designed to inform staff about and help engage and educate emerging generations (currently Gen Y & Gen Z). More specifically, the Panel will provide the following towards the goal of ICF attracting and retaining more from emerging generations by providing:
  • Insights into what these professionals want in membership, and or from a membership organization to aid in program development, and marketing efforts for new members.
  • Insights into what will drive engagement with these professionals via content, social programs, volunteer opportunities, or others.
Requested Skills/Abilities/Experience:
  • Exposure to and interest in coaching
  • Must be a member of an emerging generation, currently Gen Y and Gen Z
  • Hold a coaching certificate and/or have attended coach training from an ICF accredited program (preferred)
The deadline to apply is Friday, May 20th at 5:00 p.m. EDT (New York). Apply here!

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ICF Global PRISM Awards - Apply Today!
Do you know of a coach or a coaching program that needs to be recognized? The Global PRISM, Circle of Distinction and Young Leader Awards are now open for submissions. ICF Toronto Chapter member, Erine Gross was recently part of the coaching team that was awarded a Global PRISM Award for the work they did with TD Bank.

ICF Toronto is a global leader in the coaching community, Please make sure our coaches get the recognition they deserve! Nominations must be submitted via ICF's online application platform by June 10 @ 2 PM (ET) 2022. Apply today at

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Community Outreach 



Happy International Coaching Week - May 16 to 20!

Thank you to Gaby Cameto, Director Community Outreach, and to the entire ICW committee for their tireless efforts in organizing this week of 'Reimagining the Future'!

Our ICF Toronto Chapter ICW Team

Gaby Cameto
Janet  Emmett
Larysa Grant
Gaelle Okio
Carmelo Millimaci
Peter Muir
Ted Pierni
Stacey Roques
Barb Rosen Schreiber
Mike Sheffer
Gisela Smith
Sophia Tuckett
Gwen Watson
Membership Engagement 
Welcome to our new ICF Toronto Chapter members! 

Dear colleagues! 

This year, one of the main focuses of the ICF Toronto Chapter is to create a better and more inclusive membership experience for everyone who joins our Chapter. And so...we recently began reaching out directly to our new members to give them a personal welcome to our great coaching family, and ask how we can make their membership worthwhile. 

Today we establish a new tradition! Every month we are going to say a warm and loud WELCOME to all the coaches who joined us during the previous month.                             
             Welcome Aboard!

  Penny Alalouf Samantha Iyere Stephanie Tait  
  Andrea Brown   John McGraw Rose Tam  
  Beth Francis Brian Morgan Jessie Tang  
  Naomi Goldenberg Mukarram Patrawala Sean Tidd  
  Laura Hansen-Kohls Anita Pieris Amee Unadkat  
    Gordon Robinson Rhonda Wooddisse  

Coaches Cafés Coming!

picture of coffee cupsI am also happy to announce that Coaches Cafés (this time in virtual format) are coming back very soon (the FIRST in two years)!  Watch for more information and registration.  

With warmest wishes,

Jenny Barkan, ACC
Director of Membership and Volunteering
ICF Toronto Chapter

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Coaching Community Notices

Community Events brings you the latest news about upcoming community events, including professional peers.  Please see our Submission Guidelines.

Our monthly e-development opportunities and upcoming conferences and events, brought to you by local coaches and bulletin is published on the 15th of each month (or the next business day, if the 15th is on a weekend). Deadlines for ad submissions are before 5:00 pm. For 2022 newsletter deadlines, visit:


Community Events and Member Submissions

Be in Demand! Get EQ-i and EQ 360 Certified!
Submitted by: David Cory

Group Mentor or MCC Prep Group Mentor Coaching with Cathy Shaughnessy, MCC
Submitted by: Cathy Shaughnessy

EQ-i2.0 Certification & Leadership for Women program with Ei Advantage
Submitted by: Janice Gair

Business Coaching Advantage – Essentials & Advanced Coach Training
Submitted by: Maggie DiStasi, PeopleDynamics Learning Group Inc.

Certified Team Coach Training & Certification with Team Coaching International
Submitted by: Michelle Chambers

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